Susan Boyle - Susan Boyle Reveals Battle With Epilepsy

Singing sensation Susan Boyle's school years were blighted by fainting fits after she was diagnosed with epilepsy.
The star has previously revealed she was teased and tormented by classmates while growing up in her native Scotland, admitting they targeted her because of her learning disabilities.
Boyle has now revealed her problems were heightened when doctors told her she was suffering with the neurological disorder, which is characterised by seizures.
She tells the Daily Mail's Weekend magazine, "I was protected in cotton wool. They (parents) thought they were doing the right thing. They called me touchy. At school I used to faint a lot. It's something I've never talked about. I had epilepsy.
"People in the public eye don't have things like that. All through my childhood they'd say epilepsy is to do with mental function. And now I realise it's not. I was up against all those barriers. It wasn't easy."


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The symptoms look like epilepsy but it's not epilepsy. It's a mental illness, a personality disorder. It's along the lines of having a temper tantrum. She's grown out of it. Epilepsy you don't grow out of.
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But you can grow out of Epilepsy, it's often confined to childhood (i.e., childhood epilepsy). However, childhood epilepsy is common due to head injuries that eventually heal in childhood thus it's gone by the time adulthood is reached. I have a cousin that this happened to. I am also a mother of a child with epilepsy due to developmental brain lesions. It's been reported that Ms. Boyle is mentally challenged and possibly mentally retarded or if anything developmentally challenged.
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But you can grow out of Epilepsy, it's often confined to childhood (i.e., childhood epilepsy). However, childhood epilepsy is common due to head injuries that eventually heal in childhood thus it's gone by the time adulthood is reached. I have a cousin that this happened to. I am also a mother of a child with epilepsy due to developmental brain lesions. It's been reported that Ms. Boyle is mentally challenged and possibly mentally retarded or if anything developmentally challenged. , But you can grow out of Epilepsy, it's often confined to childhood (i.e., childhood epilepsy). However, childhood epilepsy is common due to head injuries that eventually heal in childhood thus it's gone by the time adulthood is reached. I have a cousin that this happened to. I am also a mother of a child with epilepsy due to developmental brain lesions. It's been reported that Ms. Boyle is mentally challenged and possibly mentally retarded or if anything developmentally challenged.
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Children CAN and DO grow out of epilepsy. I have had epilepsy for 51 years and I was told by numerous neurologists that it was unusual for me NOT to have outgrown childhood epilepsy. When I was asked why I didn't, the only response any doctor could give me was, "Lucky, I guess?" The brain is a complex organ and even neurologists cannot tell the why's of epilepsy and I've been going to a neurologist for many, many years. However, they have finally found a brain lesion deep within my brain and it is heredity in my mother's side of the family (which they are also finding to be a common factor). There were seven family members on my mother's side of the family that had epilepsy. One died having a seizure when he was in his 70's. My cousin died while helping change a tire on the side of the road, had a seizure and was hit by a car, and my cousin's youngest daughter did outgrow her seizures. The other members of the family outgrew their seizures before the age of 16. So yes, it is very possible and very common to outgrow seizures as a child. It's uncommon not to outgrow them.
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